Dr. J. Francis Watson, Ph.D., Christ Lutheran Church

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J. Francis (Frank) Watson is the Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Whiting, NJ, Archivist of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and President of the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia. He is a founding member of the Duffy’s Cut Project, and has been involved in the primary archival and archaeological research into the project along with William E. Watson and Earl S. Schandelmeier (and the late John Ahtes), since its inception in 2002-2003.  Frank coauthored the book The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut and his research was featured in the two documentaries (“The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut,” Smithsonian/RTE, 2006, and “Death on the Railroad,” PBS/RTE, 2013). In addition to numerous articles in journals, books, and magazines, Frank has recently published a new book entitled The Nazi Spy Pastor. He holds a Ph.D. in historical theology from Drew University.


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